As coalition scrambles for stability, sources warn divisions with testy Gantz remain

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As coalition scrambles for stability, sources warn divisions with testy Gantz remain
Blue and White head says he’s working to maintain government, but he has tussled with other leaders and is blamed for holding back settlements, bringing coalition to the brink
By Jacob Magid

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett believes he has regained control of his Yamina party after one of its MKs announced that she was bolting the coalition due to disputes with colleagues regarding issues of religion and state, an official in the premier’s faction told The Times of Israel late Wednesday. “We’ve stopped the bleeding for now,” the official said after Bennett held marathon meetings throughout the day with each of the coalition’s seven other party heads as well as every member of his party — except MK Idit Silman. Hours earlier, Silman shocked colleagues by announcing she was resigning from the coalition, leaving it without a parliamentary majority.

Silman and opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu still have their sights set on luring at least one more Yamina lawmaker, with Abir Kara, Nir Orbach and Yomtob Kalfon seen as particularly vulnerable. As for Bennett’s No. 2, Ayelet Shaked, the Yamina official insisted that the pair were on the same page and that she would only vote to topple the coalition if its fate had already been sealed. However, a coalition source, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said that defectors could also come from the similarly right-wing New Hope party as well as the centrist Blue and White party.

more.............. https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-co...urces-warn-divisions-with-testy-gantz-remain/
 
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